Consoles Wars Aren’t Won But Endured

Beat 'Em Up

BuzzFeed, posted probably the best article condemning the very idea of a console war and the impending one coming this holiday season. It boils down to what I feel so strongly about: There are no true winners in a console war.

Yes, consoles do die while in battle. But they aren’t long fought wars. It’s either a quick defeat or a long, difficult tussle that later no one really gives a shit about.

I remember 2006, my “first” E3. The first E3 where I paid attention to everything video games. It was that E3 where the rest of that generation of consoles were unveiled. While the Xbox 360 already had a head start, it was the Nintendo Wii and PlayStation 3 that had their debutant ball. And I remember the Carrie-like hell unleashed right after.

Sony’s arrogance lit up the internet with memes and Nintendo placed itself warmly…

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What is ‘Fracking’

I read a BBC.com article on ‘fracking’ in the US. More specifically, this article discusses a new $20 billion project to open an export terminal in Louisiana where extracted natural gas will be shipped abroad. To give a brief overview, when the terminal was first started it was intended as an import terminal for natural gas. However, with recent discoveries of plentiful reserves, the US is moving towards exporting the energy source to countries such as the UK. A factor in this recent boom is the new innovations in the processes of discovering and exploiting natural gas reserves.

Hydraulic fracturing, or ‘fracking’, occurs when pressurized water is forced into the shale. Granules of sand in the water help make the fissures in the shale larger, allowing the natural gas to flow out. The 90 degree turn allows for a wider field of exploitation.

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Universal Health Coverage Required, But….

We all need some health service sometimes, even young and healthy individuals, so having health insurance is essential to pay for expensive services. However, the objective must be to achieve universal coverage by lowering costs, so people can afford it, not with mandates that increase everybody’s expenses.

ObamaCare has once again surfaced into the attention of the media and, once again, is stirring up controversy.

The Obama Administration delayed implementation of the employer mandate, requiring employers with 50+ full-time employees to provide them with high-quality health insurance, until 2015 after the midterm elections. Major corporations have been asking and receiving exemptions after ObamaCare became law. Although most of these employers already have health insurance for their workers, the employer mandate will increase costs for employers and employees alike. Employers have to determine whether hiring is possible, many are hiring part-time now to avoid paying these cost.

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Short Story: The Orb

The following is a short story I had to write for one of my summer classes. I ended up spending  a lot more time on it than I originally thought, and am proud of the finished product. That is why I am sharing it here! I may write a follow up to continue the story depending on reviews and how much time I have. Please enjoy and feel free to leave comments:

Part I(?)

The hooves pounded on the ground as the three horses raced to their destination. The riders pushed their horses to the limit to return to Androsia, capitol city of the island nation of Theras. These three men and their mounts were scouts, sent out to patrol the mountain passes and cliff overlooks. While out on their latest patrol they had spotted the sails of their enemy’s ships along the horizon of the Afasian Sea. The scouts of Androsia were expecting the attack. What they were not expecting was the magnitude; several thousand individual ships had been spotted, and there seemed to be a never ending tide of them. This was the burden placed upon the scouts as they raced back to Androsia, to warn of the oncoming tsunami that the enemy had mustered.

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Zimmerman Acted in Self-Defense, But Still Criminally-Negligent

Witnesses are making it clear that George Zimmerman, a police-watch volunteer, shot and killed Trayvon Martin, an African-American high school student, in self-defense after Martin knocked him to the ground and beat him.

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Time for an Organization of African Economic Unity

An African free trade zone could have large positive effects on African nations and peoples!

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Farm Bill: Focus on Lower Food Prices, Not Food Stamps!

Interesting statistics on ethanol creation. Beyond the information on how bushels of corn can be used, this also begins to paint a picture of how reliant society has become on this type of fuel (which is mostly mixed with fossil fuel).

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Guest-Worker Program Would Stem Illegal Immigration

America was founded by immigrants and continues to grow because of them. Illegal immigration, however, has proven to be a major political/economic issue.

 

Immigration reform is important, but the priority should be to get our economic and fiscal house in order, because we need a strong economy with lots of jobs for all of us! America must remain the Land of Opportunity, that’s the whole point!

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Moscow, It’s Time for Change in Syria!

Syrian Rebels. Russia may be capable of pressuring the Syrian government into stepping down, allowing for a chance for a democratic Syria

Neither Assad nor the rebels want peace talks, so there’s no point for the international community to hold them. While Assad’s dynasty must come to a close, I’m not thrilled about the Al Qaeda-backed rebels either.

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Manalis Analysis of the Fed

The Fed has been criticized for its actions the past few years from just about everyone. Are they truly at fault, however?

Dino Manalis has the following analysis on the situation:

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